the pursuit of cute

These are a few of my favorite things…

My latest etsy addiction – fabric coffee sleeves March 27, 2010

How can you be a responsible earthly citizen AND feed your need for cute fabric? It’s easy… fabric coffee sleeves!

I first professed my love for these over here on MightyNest a few months ago, but I just keep finding new designs that I can’t pass up, so figured I’d take you guys down with me.

Feeling Mod?
etsy seller: katiepcolvin – $4


Or maybe a little more girly?
etsy seller: sspillman ~ $8

fruit polka cup

You can never go wrong with a sock monkey
etsy seller: FriedOkra – $12


Too much cute? Can’t decide? Try reversible!
etsy seller: TheDoeAndTheMouse – $10

reversible sleeve

There are zillions to choose from on Just type in coffee sleeve and you’re off to the races. Have fun!


Because one can never have too many bags! December 4, 2009

Filed under: green stuff,paper stuff,stuff stuff — dinadingo @ 10:55 am
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It’s that time of year again – SHOPPING TIME! This year, I’m going to do my best to avoid all those plastic store bags by bringing along some of the cute tote bags I’ve been collecting this year. Here are a few of my favorites…



This tote from organic fabric maker ModGreenPod is the polar opposite of those boxy grocery store bags. Stylish, durable and 100% organic, this bag is perfect for a trip to the mall. Comes in a bunch of different patterns in red, gold, chocolate brown and blue.  Available at MightyNest – $24.99




I use this one all the time for trips to the post office, the gym or as an easy diaper bag. Big enough to carry alot but small enough to throw in my purse. 100% organic and water based inks.  Available at MightyNest – $16.99


giraffe featured this on in their $30 under 30 holiday gift ideas and I can see why … cute AND very functional. This reusable Market Pack contains five Fold-Up Market Totes in a stylish carrying case. They come in colorful prints like ocean damask, kelly green circles, a raspberry box pattern and two different giraffe designs. Available at – $28 (for 6 bags)

Ok – off to the mall with bags in hand. Enjoy. 🙂


Ziploc who? November 6, 2009

Filed under: green stuff,home stuff,kid stuff — dinadingo @ 4:03 am
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These cute little “dittys” are 100% organic cotton reusable sandwich and snack bags from a company called EcoDitty.

I use these things all the time to carry Cheerios, trail mix, my trusty PB&J and even pacifiers. They come in many different fabrics, are eco-friendly (no more ziplocs!) AND  completely non-toxic for those  little ones with PVC allergies.

The only downside is there is no way I’m putting these adorable little bags in any lunch I give to my boys when they’re older. For starters, I’d never see my eco-dittys again. Second, there’s no way they’ll ever appreciate just how darn cute they are. And third, I’m pretty sure they’d rather starve then whip this girly thing out at the lunch table. Even if it is filled with Oreos!

BUT WAIT – that gives me a great idea! They should make these with superheroes, monster trucks, Dora or little princesses on them for the munchkins.  How great would that be? 

I’m on it. Writing them right now!  

Eco-ditty sandwich and snack bags can be found at  $8.99 – $12.99


My what a MightyNest you have! November 5, 2009

MN_logo_72_RGB_medOk, so I don’t run the most eco-friendly and non-toxic house in town. But I will say one thing…the new site makes me want to build a better nest! 

MightyNest is a  site where parents can go to read up on all those fun chemicals they keep finding in our baby products like BPA, Lead and phthalates and buy non-toxic, safe and eco-friendly (not to mention cute and fun) products right there on the same site.

No more running around to 40 different stores to find what you want…it’s all right there. Toys, baby bottles, dishware, mattresses, clothing, lunch sacks, water bottles, lotions, lip balm ….you name it!

Of course I’ll be highlighting many of them right here very soon!

Full disclosure:  I blog for MightyNest as their @ecochallenged mom BUT even if I didn’t, I would still love MightyNest…seriously.



I heart BabySoy…alot February 17, 2009

Filed under: baby stuff,green stuff — dinadingo @ 8:54 pm
I love everything about Babysoy. The rich chocolates and soft blues and pinks, the mix-n-match pieces and, of course, the really really soft cotton.
BabySoy basics are must-haves but when I was digging on their site I noticed these cute graphic t-shirts! Who knew? Sadly, they all look pretty girly so I can’t buy them for the boys but since everyone and their mom is having a girl right now, I’m dogearing this page for gift ideas.
Did you know? Babysoy is the 1st company in the world to create baby’s newborn wardrobe using soybean protein fiber – otherwise known as leftover pulp from tofu, soymilk and other soy products. All that and they’re adorable!
p.s I love everything BUT their URL which has a pesky USA at the end making it hard to remember. Whoever owns the fake page at should give it up already!

Mmmmm….method February 7, 2009

Filed under: green stuff,home stuff — dinadingo @ 8:55 pm

Method’s delisciously evil plan to use sleek packaging and cute little names to convert me to a green cleaner has finally worked! Tried out this this new wood cleaner and am happy to say it not only cleans well but man does it smell great. Plus, the bottle is just so darn pretty…

Eat your veggies! February 6, 2009

Filed under: baby stuff,green stuff — dinadingo @ 9:09 pm
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It’s no secret I love buying baby gifts. I can’t stop at just one thing. I’ll buy a dress – then the tights – the shoes – then a little barrette just because its the oh-so-perfect shade of hot pink to match the dress – and to top it all off, some sort of teddy bear or teether or something. (and yes, since I am cheap I somehow manage to get it all on sale)

Lucky for me, I was able to stock up on the adorable fruits and veggie teethers from Under the Nile. There are so many to choose from all in cool colors sure to match whatever else you have in the gift bag. Plus, it’s a great way to get kids to eat fruits and veggies….even if they are just (Egyptian organic) cotton.